Mumbai bridge collapse: 'Fix primary responsibility' by evening, says CM

Mumbai bridge collapse: 'Fix primary responsibility' by evening, says CM

The victims included three women - Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and Bhakti Shinde, 40.

On March 14, a footover bridge near the Times of India building at Mumbai's CSMT collapsed. Mr Fadnavis was speaking to reporters after visiting some of the injured at St Georges Hospital. Commuters have been asked to use alternate routes.

Rajesh Das, a labour who visited Mumbai for work said, "Along with two other friends I was going to Kolkata".

A foot overbridge at another Mumbai railway station had collapsed in September 2017.

"A slab of the bridge had collapsed". Some motorists who were passing beneath the bridge when it came down, were among those injured.

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant rushed to the site of accident, and assured an inquiry into the FOB collapse. "Strictest action will be taken", Fadnavis told media.

Mr Fadnavis said that the structural audit done recently is questionable and the person who gave the safety certificate after suggesting minor repairs has a "big responsibility". Witnesses said there were rumours of the old bridge collapsing which caused panic and chaos. The casualty count is feared to rise further, said an official. Police reached the spot within five minutes and fire brigade vehicles reached within next 8-10 minutes and rescue operations started immediately.

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The audit was headed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay and comprised engineers from Central, Western Railway and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

That collapse, at Mumbai's Elphinstone Road railway station, had left 23 people dead. 3 July 2018 - Andheri Bridge Collapse. He added that the "bridge wasn't in a bad condition". "He is responsible for the entire disaster".

Social activist Anil Galgali demanded that all the bridges, inspected by the engineers who had declared the ill-fated bridge as safe, be re-inspected. "They should be prosecuted and blacklisted", Galgali said.

"Foot over bridge connecting CSMT platform 1 north end with BT Lane near Times of India building has collapsed". It is a public FOB, and not a railway FOB.

The FOB was constructed and was being managed by the BMC.

In January this year, BMC eventually sanctioned repairs of more than 50 bridges, flyovers, FOBs and skywalks by spending Rs 65 crore. Following the mishap, the civic body made a decision to undertake a structural audit of all the bridges in the city. While the estimated cost for the reconstruction, major and minor fix works is Rs 277 crore, the BMC has earmarked Rs 108 crore for it in 2019-20.

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